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RBI to launch e-Rupee pilot project today

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New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will today launch the country’s first digital rupee pilot project for the wholesale segment.

In a statement, the central bank said it will “soon start pilot launches of Digital Rupee (ea,) for specific use cases. Accordingly, the first pilot in the Digital Rupee – Wholesale (ea,-W) segment will start on November 1, 2022.”

The central bank further reported that “the launch of the first pilot in digital rupee – retail segment (ea,-R) is planned within a month in selected locations in closed user groups that include customers and merchants. Details regarding the start-up of the ea,-R pilot will be communicated in due course”.

RBI has selected nine banks to participate in the digital rupee wholesale pilot project.

These are State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Union Bank of India, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Yes Bank, IDFC First Bank and HSBC.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her budget speech on February 1, announced that RBI will launch a central bank digital currency (CBDC) in this fiscal year.

CBDC is a digital form of banknotes issued by a central bank.

Digital currency or rupee is an electronic form of money that can be used in contactless transactions.

(IANS)


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Popular Indo-Canadian TikToker dies ‘unexpectedly’ at 21

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toronto: Indo-Canadian TikToker Megha Thakur, known for spreading messages of body positivity and self-confidence, passed away “suddenly” and “unexpectedly” last week, according to an Instagram post from her parents.

The Brampton influencer with 93,000 TikTok followers died last week at the age of 21.

He came from Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the light of our lives, our kind, loving and beautiful daughter, Megha Thakur, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on November 24, 2022 in the early hours of the morning,” Megha’s parents wrote, sharing the tragic news on Instagram.

“Megha was a confident and independent young woman. We will miss her very much. She loved her fans and she would have wanted you to know of her passing. At this time, we ask for her blessings on Megha. Her thoughts and her prayers will be with her on her journey forward.”

The cause of his death was not disclosed.

A funeral was held in his memory on Tuesday.

“Megha knew how much strength she had in the influencer space and how many women looked up to her, I told her all the time. We lost an angel too soon,” wrote an Instagram fan in response to the post.

“Your posts brought so much confidence and light when I was struggling. She was always an angel, and beautiful inside and out. I am sorry for the loss of her and may she rest in peace,” another Instagram user wrote.

Megha was also active on Instagram with close to 101,000 followers.

Her latest TikTok video, posted on November 18, was captioned: “YOU ARE in charge of your destiny. Remember it.”

In the video, Megha was wearing a gray and beige mini dress, white sandals and dark sunglasses, walking through the streets of New York.

She finished her graduation from Mayfield High School and started making TikTok videos in 2019.

His first video got around 3,000 likes and 60,000 views.

(IANOS)


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Around 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed since war began

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kyiv: A senior government official in kyiv has revealed that up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia launched its ongoing war on February 24.

Speaking to Ukrainian media on Thursday, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said: “We have official assessments from the General Staff, official assessments from the commander-in-chief (Zelensky), and they range from 10,000 to 12,500-13,000 dead.” reported the BBC

He said the number of civilians killed could also be “significant”

Podolyak further suggested that as many as 100,000 Russian soldiers had been killed since the invasion began, and that between 100,000 and 150,000 more had been wounded, missing, or unable to return to combat.

However, the Ukrainian military has not confirmed the count given by Podolyak.

The latest figures come after Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last month that around 100,000 Russian and 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or wounded to date.

But the last update from Moscow in September said that only 5,937 soldiers had been killed since the start of the war.

The US general had also pointed out that between 15 and 30 million refugees have been created since Russia launched its invasion.

The UN has registered 7.8 million people as refugees from Ukraine across Europe, including Russia.

(IANOS)


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Jubin Nautiyal falls from building staircase; Elbow broken, ribs cracked

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Mumbai: Singing sensation Jubin Nautiyal suffered injuries after he fell from the stairs of a building and is being treated at a hospital in Mumbai.

The incident occurred early Thursday morning.

A statement read: “The singer broke his elbow, fractured ribs and injured his head after falling down a building staircase.”

“Jubin will undergo surgery on his right arm after his accident. He has been advised not to use his right arm.”

Singer Jubin has firmly established himself as one of the leaders of the Indian music industry with global hits like ‘Raataan Lambiyaan’, ‘Lut Gaye’, ‘Humnava Mere’ and ‘Tujhe Kitne Chahne Lage Hum’, ‘Tum Hi Aana’ and ‘Bewafa Tera Masoon Chehra’.

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